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  • Navigating International Shipping Challenges: Australian Power Equipment Offers Solutions

    Last night was the 26th attack on commercial shipping on the Red Sea since 19 November, the largest to date. In recent weeks, the world has witnessed a surge in security threats impacting global trade routes, leading to significant changes in shipping dynamics. The assaults by Houthi rebels in Yemen on commercial vessels navigating the Bab al-Mandab Strait have triggered a ripple effect on the world’s busiest international shipping lanes. The Houthi attacks, primarily targeting ships headed to Israel, have compelled numerous firms such as Maersk and BP, to alter their shipping routes, avoiding the Bab al-Mandab Strait and opting for a longer journey around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. This shift has increased travel times from an average* of 25.5 days to approximately 34 days, affecting the 17000 ships that pass through the Suez Canal annually.  This represents 12% of global trade, valued at over $1 trillion. While this situation undoubtedly affects international shipping to and from European destinations to Australia, the repercussions extend beyond the altered routes. Australian Power Equipment is witness to the multifaceted challenges placed on global trade and the impact this has on the shipments of high-quality, reliable infrastructure equipment from Europe to Australia. Working with the best advisors has seen them plan effective shipping methods and able to forecast and anticipate further delays. Apart from the Red Sea assaults, the volume of shippers changing international routes has substantially increased traffic and caused delays in the alternative routes. The upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations pose an annual challenge notorious for its impact on manufacturing and shipping delays, further compounding the issue. However, the most pressing concern for Australia lies in the ongoing industrial action at its ports, presenting a significant barrier compared to the Red Sea attacks or Chinese festivities. According to Freight and Trade Alliance director Paul Zalai, industrial action taken by maritime unions in Australia against stevedore DP World is costing the local economy an estimated $20 million per day**. Strikes and work bans across Australian ports have led to a backlog of tens of thousands of containers, causing week-long delays in shipping. Facing the reality of these shipping challenges, Abby Crawford, Director of Australian Power Equipment, acknowledges the limited control over external factors. However, she emphasises the importance of proactive planning to mitigate disruptions: “We can’t do anything to overcome the reality of these international shipping delays.  The advice we give our clients is to expect increased shipping timeframes and costs, and factor this into the project deliverables”. To address the evolving situation, Australian Power Equipment offers its Critical Sourcing and In-Stock solutions to businesses grappling with extended shipping delays. Director Andrew Cockbain highlights their ability to repurpose equipment and expedite delivery, ensuring minimal disruption for clients. “We have a healthy stock of both new equipment ready to go and second-hand equipment that can be adapted to purpose in a few short weeks. Our goal has always been to ensure our clients are not stuck, we can protect their operations whether by sale or hire of equipment until their shipment is fulfilled” In the face of complex global challenges and local port disruptions, Australian Power Equipment remains committed to providing reliable solutions and supporting clients through their diverse range of in-stock equipment, ready for dispatch from their NSW warehouses. Contact Australian Power Equipment today for all your low, medium and high-voltage equipment needs for Infrastructure, Tunnelling and Renewable markets. 1300 040 500 *Based on ultra large container vessel’s average speed of 16.48 knots **AFR

  • WE Walter and Australian Power Equipment join forces in new Partnership.

    Two industry leaders have come together to forge a powerful partnership that promises to redefine the landscape of mobile substations in the Australian market. WE Walter, a renowned Italian manufacturer based in Milan with over 50 years of experience in delivering custom turnkey solutions, has teamed up with Australian Power Equipment to expand its presence and expertise in the Australian market. WE Walter is widely acknowledged as a market leader in engineered custom turnkey solutions for mobile electrical substations in the tunnelling, resources & renewables sectors. The company has earned a sterling reputation for its high-quality Italian-made products and its commitment to innovation. Their decades of experience have solidified their status as a trusted name in the industry. Australian Power Equipment, with a strong presence in the Australian solar, tunnelling and resource markets, will serve as the exclusive agent for WE Walter in Australia. This partnership aims to leverage the strengths of both companies to deliver superior solutions to meet the demands of the Australian market. One of WE Walter’s many strengths lies in its flexibility. Their ability to tailor solutions to meet customer requirements is unparalleled, making them a perfect match for Australian Power Equipment’s mission to provide unrivalled solutions to its clients that meet the operational requirements, and are purpose fit for the harsh Australian climatic conditions. “WE Walter and Australian Power Equipment share a common commitment to excellence, innovation and customer satisfaction,” said Dr Silvia Saletti, CEO at WE Walter. “We are confident that this partnership will open up new opportunities for growth and enable us to provide even more tailored solutions to our customers”. Australian Power Equipment’s Director, Andrew Cockbain, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating “I have been an admirer of WE Walter’s work for a long time, and their decades of experience in delivering quality custom solutions perfectly align with our goals. Together, we are positioned to provide superior mobile substations and more, to the Australian market”. The partnership between WE Walter and Australian Power Equipment marks an exciting development in the industry, with the potential to deliver high-quality new, cutting-edge solutions in an extraordinary timeframe to customers across Australia. This collaboration emphasises the shared values and commitment to excellence that are paramount to both companies. For more information about WE Walther and Australian Power Equipment please visit or request information

  • Advancing Power Management: The Versatility of 145/132kV Dead Tank Circuit Breakers.

    In the dynamic landscape of low to high-voltage power equipment, the role of circuit breakers is paramount. This article explores the remarkable capabilities of 145/132 kV dead tank circuit breakers, shedding light on their diverse applications in mining, tunnelling, and renewable energy sectors. Additionally, we investigate their ratings, exclusion zones, longevity, and the sustainable potential of second-hand refurbished circuit breakers. Empowering Diverse Industries: from Mining to Tunnelling and Renewables. The adaptability of 145/132kV dead tank circuit breakers extends across industries, from mining and tunnelling to renewable energy projects. In mining and tunnelling, these circuit breakers ensure reliable power distribution in hazardous environments, safeguarding both equipment and importantly, personnel. In renewables, they play a pivotal role in solar and wind energy farms, enabling efficient power transmission while ensuring grid stability. Ratings and Exclusion Zones: The rating of 145/132 kV – 3000amp dead tank circuit breakers signifies their maximum voltage handling capacity, making them ideal for medium and high-voltage applications. Critical for safety, dead tank circuit breakers have smaller exclusion zones during operation allowing more flexibility for installation. Strict adherence to these zones, which are established through engineering planning & risk assessments, prevents personnel from entering areas where hazardous conditions could arise. The Lifespan of a Circuit Breaker: The longevity of circuit breakers is a vital consideration. Proper maintenance and timely replacement ensure continuous, safe operation. Modern dead tank circuit breakers are designed for durability and reliability, boasting extended service lives under normal conditions. Sustainable Solution - Refurbished Circuit Breakers: Embracing sustainability in power equipment involves re-evaluating the lifecycle of components. Second-hand refurbished circuit breakers allow sites to consider more eco-friendly alternatives. When obtained from Australian Power Equipment, these breakers which have been selected for their near-new or low-hours usage, undergo rigorous refurbishment processes, including inspection, replacement of worn components and recalibration to meet Australian standards. Choosing refurbished circuit breakers contributes to reduced waste and lower demand for new resources, aligning with environmentally conscious practices. Conclusion: The multifaceted capabilities of 145/132 kV dead tank circuit breakers underscore their significance in modern power management. Their versatility reaches into critical sectors such as mining, tunnelling, and renewables, where consistent power distribution and safety are paramount. Understanding their ratings, respecting exclusion zones, and prioritizing maintenance ensures their longevity and optimal performance. Moreover, the option of utilising low-use refurbishment circuit breakers champions sustainability, providing a greener approach to power equipment procurement. As industries continue to evolve, embracing advanced circuit breaker solutions and sustainable practices remains pivotal for a resilient energy future. Contact Australian Power Equipment today to discuss your site requirements. 1300 040 500 #australianpowerequipment #circuitbreakers #deadtankcircuitbreakers #miningequipment #tunnellingequipment #sustainable

  • The Outdoor 11kV Neutral Earthing Resistors: Functionality and Calculation

    In the realm of high-voltage power equipment, neutral earthing resistors play a crucial role in maintaining the safety and reliability of electrical systems. Australian Power Equipment can provide outdoor 11kV neutral earthing resistors that stand out for their ability to handle up to 250amps. In this article, we look at the concept of neutral earthing resistors, explore their purpose, mechanism and delve into the calculations involved in determining their optimal value. What is a Neutral Earthing Resistor and its Purpose? A neutral earthing resistor (NER) is an essential component in power distribution and transmission systems. Its primary purpose is to limit the fault current that flows through the neutral point of a power system when an insulation fault or ground fault occurs. By intentionally introducing resistance in the path of the fault current, the NER prevents excessive current from flowing and causing potential damage to equipment, electrical components, and the overall power network. This added resistance also serves to reduce the risk of fire and electrical hazards. How does a Neutral Earthing Resistor Work? When a fault occurs in a power system, such as a cable-to-ground fault, the fault current seeks a path of least resistance to return to the source. The NER is connected between the neutral point of the power system and the ground. This connection forces the fault current to pass through the resistor, which limits the magnitude of the current and prevents it from reaching dangerously high levels. The NER essentially provides a controlled path for the fault current to dissipate its energy as heat, thus safeguarding the system’s integrity. Calculating a Neutral Earthing Resistor Value The value of a neutral earthing resistor is a critical parameter that needs careful consideration. It depends on various factors such as the system voltage, fault current, and the desired fault current duration. The resistor value should be chosen such that it limits the fault current to a safe level without causing unnecessary disruption to the power system during normal operations. To calculate the value of a neutral earthing resistor, the following formula can be used: NER Value (ohms) = System Voltage (V) / Fault Current (amps) However, this simplified formula may not consider transient conditions, fault duration or other system-specific aspects. It’s important to work closely with electrical engineers and experts to perform detailed fault studies and simulations to accurately determine the optimal NER resistance value. It’s essential to note that while a lower resistor value provides faster fault detection and reaction, a higher value reduces stress on the equipment during fault conditions. At Australian Power Equipment we recommend NERs limit fault currents to a value that does not cause any further damage to switchgear, generators or transformers beyond what has already been caused by the fault itself. Top 5 things to look for in an Outdoor 11kV Neutral Earthing Resistor Outdoor 11kV Neutral Earthing Resistor, rated for 250 amps, must stand as a robust solution for reliable fault protection. Key features to consider include: 1. Durability: NERs must be built to withstand harsh outdoor conditions to ensure continued operation in diverse environments. Considerations such as Cyclone Wind loading rating and Seismic rating enclosures can be imperative. 2. Precise Resistance: It is critical the resistor’s precisely defined resistance value facilitates accurate fault current limiting and system protection. 3. IP23 enclosures: The resistor’s design should incorporate efficient ventilation that prevents overheating, ensuring prolonged functionality. It should also be designed to keep out birds and vermin. 4. Easy Maintenance: NERS should always be designed for easy maintenance, minimising downtime and optimising system performance. 5. Compliance: It should go without saying that it is imperative they are compliant with AS/NZ 2081 and relevant Mining Standard for Earth-fault current limiters Conclusion Neutral earthing resistors, such as the Outdoor 11kV NER rated for up to 250amps provided by Australian Power Equipment, play a crucial role in safeguarding power distribution systems.By limiting fault currents and preventing dangerous conditions, they contribute significantly to overall system safety. Understanding their purpose, operation, calculation and the features of specialised NER products empower industries to create resilient and secure electrical networks

  • Australian Power Equipment - Committed to Circular Economy & Sustainability

    Australia Power Equipment, a leading provider of proven power equipment in the Power Generation, Infrastructure and Resources sector, are pleased to launch its repurposed and refurbished equipment division including transformers, substations, switchgear, and cables. With a strong commitment to sustainability, Australian Power Equipment actively contributes to the circular economy by repurposing stranded assets and refurbishing them to re-enter the market. Their rigorously tested and purpose-built approach ensures that the equipment is compliant with specific site requirements, providing reliable and environmentally friendly solutions. See a list of items available here As part of their sustainability efforts, Australian Power Equipment ensures all equipment is tested by third-party certified testers, and clients are able to nominate which company equipment is sent to should they have a preference. Each piece of equipment undergoes careful electrical engineering evaluation and modifications are made as required to meet client needs, ensuring that it is purpose-built to meet the unique demands of different sites. This process ensures Australian Power Equipment helps its clients optimise their operations, reduce downtime, and enhance productivity. Purchasing near-new and refurbished equipment offers numerous benefits for sites. Firstly, it significantly reduces costs compared to acquiring new equipment. The purchase or hire price is less than new equipment, and business downtime costs are dramatically reduced. While new equipment can take 12-18 months to be ordered and delivered, Australian Power Equipment’s refurbished equipment is ready to deliver or may require only a few weeks for modifications to be purpose ready. This shortened timeframe is saving businesses by streamlining their operations and reducing downtimes. Moreover, choosing near new and refurbished equipment positively impacts the environment. By repurposing and refurbishing existing equipment, Australian Power Equipment reduces the need for new production, saving resources and reducing waste and significantly reduces the transport footprint with local transport being required rather than international shipping. This sustainable approach aligns with the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility, offering businesses a way to make eco-conscious choices while enjoying the advantages of compliant reliable equipment. “Our goal is to offer businesses a comprehensive range of refurbished equipment options, allowing them to find the solutions that precisely meet their site requirements,” said Andrew Cockbain, Director of Australian Power Equipment. “With our commitment to sustainability, purpose-built refurbishment, and exceptional engineering support to our clients, we aim to be the preferred choice for businesses seeking trusted and environmentally friendly equipment that optimises performance”. For more information about Australian Power Equipment’s repurposed and refurbished equipment, visit their website at or contact the team at 1300 040 500. Australian Power Equipment is a leading provider of low-voltage, medium-voltage and high-voltage equipment across the Power Generation, Infrastructure and Resources sectors. As the agents for Untel, B&D, Leistung and CAB they can supply proven new equipment to specification. With a strong commitment to sustainability, the company also provides repurposed and refurbished equipment, with stock available from their warehouses that meet specific site requirements. Australian Power Equipment is dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service and support, ensuring businesses can make best-practice decisions for their operations. #australianpowerequipment #powertransformers #substations #highvoltageequipment #powertransformersaustralia #miningequipment #tunnellingequipment

  • Progress in Power Transformers Applications in Australia's Mining and Tunnelling Industries

    Introduction: Power transformers have long played an essential part in Australia's mining and tunnelling industries, providing reliable transmission of electrical energy efficiently and reliably. Technological developments and industry requirements have resulted in numerous advances for power transformers to ensure optimal performance, safety and sustainability - providing for peak performance at optimal cost and sustainability over the years. This article details their history within Australia's mining and tunnelling sectors while outlining key milestones that have changed Australia's landscape since their introduction. Early Beginnings: Australia's mining and tunnelling industry started out modestly; diesel generators provided electricity to equipment while further enhancing operations' scope and efficiency. But as operations expanded rapidly, more robust power solutions became essential. Power Transformers Revolutionise the Industry: Power transformers have transformed the industry by providing efficient transmission of electricity over long distances. Power transformers quickly became a mainstay in Australia's mining and tunnelling sectors during the mid-20th century, helping ensure a smooth flow from power stations to remote mining sites or tunnels with increased productivity while decreasing operational costs. Advances in Design and Efficiency: With industry expansion came power transformer manufacturers' efforts to enhance both design and efficiency of these essential components. One notable development was the oil-filled transformers' introduction, providing greater insulation and cooling properties enabling higher voltage levels while meeting performance and safety requirements. This innovation allowed transformers to operate safely at higher voltage levels while meeting performance standards while meeting all safety regulations. Adopting more advanced core materials, like amorphous metal alloys, significantly increased energy efficiency and decreased losses; these transformers greatly enhanced mining and tunnelling operations by providing a reliable power supply for heavy machinery and equipment. Integration of Monitoring and Protection Systems: With digital technologies' introduction into mining and tunnelling industries, power transformers became smarter and safer. Integrating advanced monitoring and protection systems allowed real-time tracking of temperature, oil level and load conditions; providing real-time information which allowed proactive maintenance aimed at avoiding transformer failure and optimising operational uptime. Talk to Australian Power Equipment about monitoring systems here. Renewable Energy Integration: Australian mining and tunnelling operations have increasingly prioritised sustainability by adopting solar and wind power to decrease their environmental footprint. Power transformers have played an essential part in this transformation by helping integrate renewable sources such as solar and wind into operations; advanced transformers equipped with grid-forming capabilities also facilitate seamless synchronization between renewable energies like these with existing power grids reducing fossil fuel reliance while contributing towards greener future. Safety and Compliance Standards: In the mining and tunnelling industries, safety has always been of utmost concern. Transformer manufacturers have developed power transformers to comply with stringent safety and compliance standards and implement fault detection. Australian Power Equipment is the agent for B&D transformers in Australia and can supply both new and in-stock refurbished transformers, specific to your needs. Speak to us at or view our new stock here and our ready to go In Stock here #powertransformers #australianpowerequipment #powerequipment #powertransformersaustralia

  • B&D: Trusted supplier of Power Transformer, Distribution Transformers & Instrument Transformers

    PT. Bambang Djaja, commonly known as B&D Transformer, stands as the premier manufacturer of Power, Distribution, and Instrument Transformers in Indonesia. With its establishment in 1985 in Surabaya, Indonesia, the company has consistently excelled by embracing the latest technology, employing cutting-edge machinery, and cultivating a team of highly-qualified professionals to meet the ever-growing demands for transformers both within Indonesia and on a global scale. Australian Power Equipment are agents for B&D, and utilise their products for power transformers in Australia. A Trailblazer in Transformer Manufacturing In 2016, PT. Bambang Djaja proudly became the first "purely Indonesian" company to successfully manufacture 150 kV Power Transformers. Building on this milestone, the company is now actively developing transformers with ratings of up to 500 kV. This commitment to innovation and progress solidifies B&D Transformer's position as an industry leader. Tailored Solutions for Site-Specific Requirements B&D Transformer understands that each customer possesses specific requirements, necessitating customised solutions. Rather than offering one-size-fits-all transformers, the company takes the time to engage with Australian Power Equipment, comprehensively understanding their needs and crafting tailored solutions to meet their specific transformer demands. Supported by sophisticated design software and state-of-the-art production facilities, B&D Transformer's engineers can seamlessly handle both large series production and small batch orders with quick re-tooling capabilities and Australian Power Equipment have confidence in their deliverables of power transformers. A Focus on Research and Development Dedicated to consistently improving its products and services, B&D Transformer invests its resources into enhancing performance and staying at the forefront of the transformer industry. The company actively seeks out the latest developments in materials and production technologies, regularly upgrading its facilities to ensure optimal performance for #transformer manufacturing. By benchmarking against the best in the field, B&D Transformer continually strives to surpass expectations and deliver top-quality power transformers and distribution transformers to Australian Power Equipment. A Team of Dedicated Professionals At B&D Transformer, a team of talented, experienced, and dedicated personnel form the backbone of the company. Their accumulated knowledge serves as a treasure trove, constantly refreshed and supplemented to keep pace with transformer industry advancements. The company conducts regular internal training programs to ensure its workforce remains up-to-date with the latest transformer developments in the field. This commitment to continuous improvement guarantees that Australian Power Equipment receives the best power transformer products and services available. Recognitions and Certifications B&D Transformer manufactures its products in adherence to renowned specifications such as IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ANSI (American National Standards Institute), NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), BSI (British Standards Institution), and SPLN (PLN Standard). To ensure the highest quality standards, the company routinely submits samples to independent laboratories for thorough testing in Indonesia and the surrounding region. Furthermore, PT. Bambang Djaja holds several certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, and SMK3 Kemnaker, demonstrating its commitment to quality, environmental responsibility, occupational health, and safety. B&D Transformer's products are certified by reputable organizations such as PLN PUSLITBANG, BP MIGAS, ASTA, and ATEX, further cementing their reliability and compliance with industry standards. Choose Australian Power Equipment's B&D Transformers for unparalleled transformers. When it comes to Power, Distribution, and Instrument Transformers, PT. Bambang Djaja (B&D Transformer) is the supplier you can trust. With a focus on tailored solutions, continuous research and development, a dedicated team of professionals, and a commitment to excellence, B&D Transformer consistently delivers exceptional products and services. Backed by numerous certifications and accolades, the company's transformers offer reliability, performance, and compliance with international standards. Choose B&D Transformer as your preferred supplier and experience the power of exceptional transformer solutions. SEE OUR B&D TRANSFORMERS OR see what B&D transformers we have IN STOCK ready to go #australianpowerequipment #transformersaustralia #powertransformers #distributiontransformers #newtransformers #secondhandtransformers

  • Installing Mining Cables; Ensuring Secure and Reliable Connections

    A well designed and properly installed electrical infrastructure is crucial for the safe and efficient operations of mines and tunnel excavations. There are various methods of installing mining cables, both on the surface and underground. From suspension and cleats to ducts and trenches, each installation method plays a significant role in ensuring the longevity and reliability of our mining cables through thought-out ease of installation for manual handling safety, ensuring relevant mechanical protection and standards compliance. A. Surface Installations a. Suspension: mining cables can be suspended using our CAB cable management products from centenary wires or wall hooks. This method is suitable for areas where the cable needs to be elevated. See our CAB cable management products here b. Cleats: Cleat fixing is used when the cable runs along the side of a building and cleats securely hold the cable in place. c. Ducts: for cables installed along a designated path, a duct is created by digging a trench and utilising precast concrete segments. Brackets or cleats fasten the cable to the duct’s walls ensuring a stable and protected installation. Additional spacing can be undertaken via cable tray and supports to ensure spacing and ventilation. d. Wall Brackets: Inside buildings cables can be secured to walls with brackets bolted to the wall to provide damage to cables. e. Trench: when burying cables, a cable trench of adequate depth is excavated considering the operating voltage and site conditions. The cable is placed on a bed of sand and covered with additional sand. Interlocking cable tiles are placed on top to provide continuous cover, followed by a layer of earth. Marker posts are erected to indicate the cable trench route. f. Shaft installation: Vertical cable installation in a shaft involves clamping the cable at regular intervals using wooden cleats. The cleats are bored individually to fit the cable securely, ensuring a firm grip. B. Lowering the Cable – Single point Suspension and standard cable installation In shaft installations, cables are typically lowered into the shaft using a drum-mounted system or runway system depending on cable weight and length of run. Cables that can be secured within the winder shaft can be secured within the cage. As the cage descends, the cable is laid out and anchored at the shaft top. An alternative method involves lashing the cable to an engineered design utilising wire suspension ropes. C. Underground Installations In underground mining, cable installations near the pit bottom may utilise cleats on brackets or cable hangers to secure cables to walls. In roadways and gate roads, cables are commonly suspended from the roof or rib bolt bars or arches. Maintaining slackness in the cable is crucial to accommodate roof movements and prevent strain. Australian Power Equipment provides mining cables to Australian mining standards in various lengths and widths to suit different requirements. See NEW PRODUCT CABLES here Australian Power Equipment also can provide cable management solutions via their CAB cable hangar products. Proper installation of mining cables is vital for maintaining a reliable and secure electrical infrastructure in mines. Whether on the surface or underground, selecting the appropriate installation method ensures the longevity of mining cables and minimises the risk of damage. By adhering to best practices and considering the specific conditions of each mine, mining operations can enjoy uninterrupted power supply and enhance overall safety and efficiency. Contact Australian Power Equipment for your cable management needs at or #miningcables #australianpowerequipment #cables #solarhangers #cablemanagement #cableinstallation

  • Power Distribution in Mines; Ensuring Safe, Robust Electrical Infrastructure with Mining Cables.

    At Australian Power Equipment, we are asked a lot about Mining Cables for use in Australia. In any mining operation, whether underground or at the surface, electricity plays a crucial role in powering various equipment and systems. The electrical power required is typically sourced from either an island generating station at the mining operation or, more commonly, from the local electricity network through a primary substation with an IT earthing system. Australian Power Equipment supplies new and refurbished switchgear and transformers for these substations, to many mines throughout Australia. See our new cables here See our refurbished cables here It is essential to establish a robust power distribution infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted operations and promote efficient resource production. That’s where Australian Power Equipment mining cables that conform to Australian Standard AS 2802 Electric cables, have their role in powering mining equipment. Mines require various cables; 1. Mining Cables; Robust for Challenging Conditions Cables used in Surface and underground collieries face harsh and demanding conditions, such as roof and rib falls, standing water both on the surface and underground, fly rock and other potential causes of damage. Mining cables need to be robustly constructed to withstand the harsh environment and treatment they can receive. Furthermore, regular maintenance is essential to ensure the safety and reliability of these cables. Australian Power Equipment provides mining cables and operational strategies that ensure the reliability and durability of mining cables that are paramount for efficient resource production. 2. Distribution Cables; Evolution and Usage in Mines In current mining operations, PVC/XLPE and LSOH insulated cables with metric dimensions are predominantly used for medium and low-voltage distribution applications. Prior to the introduction of XLPE technology paper insulated Lead sheath Steel Wire Armoured cables, PILSWA ( Metric and imperial sized) were common and are still in use today. The previous PILSWA cables were robust in design however have a significantly lower current carrying capacity AND production of Lead Sheathed cables has decreased. Cables to 2802 are available primarily in three core + 3 earth+ pilot configurations with three-core cables being the norm for three-phase AC distribution systems on an IT earthed system with 5amp earth fault limitation utilising quick-release receptacles. 3. Cable Construction and Features. The conductors of mining cables are typically laid up together in a spiral arrangement. The cores can consist of multi-stranded tinned copper semi-conductor layering insulated with R-EP-90. Any gaps between the mining cable conductors and central pilot core are filled with a semiconductor cradle to achieve a uniform circular section covered with an open weave braid and overall covered by heavy-duty elastomer outer sheath. Mining cables are available in semi-conductor screened, 241 and both single-armoured and double-armoured types. The armour layers, consisting of galvanised steel wires spirally laid along the cable, serve as mechanical protection. Double-armoured cables employ a separator of compounded fibrous tape between the two armour layers, with the galvanised wires spiralled in opposite directions. As the agent for Untel, Australian Power Equipment provides solutions to cable mining requirements in Australia. A reliable and robust electrical infrastructure is crucial for the efficient operation of mines. Mining cables play a vital role in ensuring the safe and uninterrupted distribution of electrical power in challenging mining environments. The industry has seen a shift in medium voltage cables from traditional paper insulated cables PILSWA to modern PVC/XLPSWA insulated cables which offer improved performance and longevity. Australian Power Equipment have XLPE cables In Stock. Regular maintenance and adherence to earthing systems and regulations are essential for the safety and reliability of mining cables and personnel. By prioritising the quality and durability of power distribution systems, mines can optimise their operations and enhance coal production efficiency. Contact Australian Power Equipment for your cable management needs at or #miningcables #australianpowerequipment #powerequipmentaustralia #tunnellingcables #untelcables #untel

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